|Sales Volume – Cement||Million tonnes||6.13||5.87||24.18||22.95|
|Net Sales||Rs. in Crore||2,765||2,614||10,977||10,250|
|Operating EBITDA*||Rs. in Crore||404||508||1,891||1,895|
|Net Profit after Tax #||Rs. in Crore||537||338||1,487||1,250|
“We have registered a steady growth in our top-line. In addition, we also have been able to withstand cost volatility during this quarter thanks to accelerating efforts on alternative fuels, optimized fuel mix and plant efficiency improvements. We commissioned our new coal block Gare Palma ahead of schedule, which will help further optimising our fuel mix.
Our well-defined marketing and commercial strategies, increased sales of value added premium products and our continued focus on customer engagement has helped improve our reach in core markets. The addition of 4.6 mn tonnes of cement volumes from the Greenfield integrated cement plant at Marwar Mundwa, Rajasthan will further strengthen our position in high-growth core markets of North and Gujarat” said Ajay Kapur, Managing Director and CEO, Ambuja Cement.
Cement volumes grew 4.4% in Q4’ 2018 and 5.4% on a full year basis, top-line grew by 5.8% in the quarter (Q4) and 7.1% on a full year basis. Net profit increased by 58.9% as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Net Profit for the current quarter and full year ended 2018 includes Rs. 372 crore, towards write back of tax provisions relating to earlier years.
The quarter saw a sharp increase in energy and fuel costs. Efficiency parameters and cost saving initiatives helped to partly mitigate the impact of increasing input cost.
For the full year, the company faced headwinds from rising costs especially for power & fuel, diesel, packing bags (Impacted by increase in crude prices) coupled with volatility in the exchange rates, which were largely mitigated by our continued focus on improving efficiency, fixed cost optimisation, productivity improvements, lower raw material costs and continued focus on alternative fuels.
The Board has recommended payment of dividend of Rs. 1.50 per share with a dividend payout of 31%, in light of the proposed Greenfield integrated cement plant at Marwar Mundwa, Rajasthan and other expansion plans.
Appointment of New MD & CEO
Mr. Bimlendra Jha has been appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cement with effect from March 1, 2019. At the Board meeting, he has been inducted as an Additional Director and MD & CEO - Designate.
Mr. Bimlendra Jha joins Ambuja Cement from Tata Steel Ltd. where he has spent nearly three decades of his career. Over the past six years, he has held multiple leadership roles including Executive Chairman Long Products Europe, Executive Director on the Board of Tata Steel Europe and CEO Tata Steel UK, looking after operations in UK, Sweden, and Canada. He is a B. Tech in Ceramic Engineering from IIT Varanasi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Marketing and Finance from XLRI Jamshedpur.
He has been actively involved in strategic portfolio restructuring and supply chain transformation in Europe and market development, sales and brand management, and innovation in construction practices in India.
Speaking on his appointment, Mr. Bimlendra said: “India is one of the fastest growing large economies in the world. From individual house builders to large infrastructure projects, the construction and cement industries are at the heart of this growth. Ambuja Cement is a strong retail brand and I am extremely excited to be back in India to follow my passion through this brand.”
While welcoming Bimlendra on the Board and the Management Team, the Board Chairman, Mr. Narotam Sekhsaria said: “With his wide experience in leadership positions with Tata Steel in India and abroad, we are confident that Bimlendra will be able to guide the Company build on Ambuja’s strengths to achieve new heights and maximize shareholders’ value”.
Mr. Martin Kriegner, a member of the LafargeHolcim Executive Committee, Region Head - Asia and Cement Excellence and Board Member of the company stated that “we are proud to have attracted Bimlendra to Ambuja. With his wide experience in supply chain roles and marketing and construction practices he will build on strong foundations and steer Ambuja to new heights to meet its growth and profitability targets”.
Mr. Jha is not related to any of the Directors of the company. Mr. Jha`s appointment is subject to the approval of shareholders at the ensuing Annual General Meeting.
Performance of Material Subsidiary – ACC Limited
Net Sales during the quarter grew 11% to Rs. 3,789 crores compared to Rs. 3,417 crores for the same quarter last year. PAT for the quarter registered a growth of 255% to Rs. 732 crores as against Rs. 206 crores and PAT for the full year 2018 was Rs. 1,521 crores compared to Rs. 925 crores in the previous year, an increase of 64% which also includes write-back of Rs. 501 crores relating to tax provisions of earlier years.
Consolidated (Ambuja Cement and ACC Limited) Financial Results for the Quarter and year ended 31st December 2018
|Sales Volume – Cement||Million tonnes||13.63||12.78||52.58||49.16|
|Net Sales||Rs. in Crore||6,545||6,021||25,419||23,126|
|Operating EBITDA*||Rs. in Crore||908||919||4,011||3,779|
|Net Profit after Tax #||Rs. in Crore||1,378||479||2,973||1,945|
|Net Profit after Tax and non-controlling interest||Rs. in Crore||974||409||2,177||1,516|
The combined annual cement capacity of both the companies stands at 63 million tonnes.
Confidence in the Indian economy has increased substantially on account of the various policy measures announced by the Government, resulting in strong GDP growth numbers. The positive economic outlook has further strengthened based on the recent Budget 2019 announcements and provisions which focus on rural and middle class incomes. The higher allocation to roads and the housing sector will help boost economic development in rural India which is expected to have a positive impact on cement demand.